This is when Uefa are now aiming for Portsmouth's season to recommence

Uefa have urged the Football League not to cancel the 2019-20 season – and are hopeful Pompey's League One promotion push recommence in early July.

Friday, 3rd April 2020, 10:10 am
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 10:20 am

In a letter to 55 member associations, which has been seen by Sky Sports News, the governing body stressed it’s crucial the coronavrius pandemic ‘does not prevent our competitions from being decided on the field’,

The FA have extended this term indefinitely, although the board of directors at Belgium's Jupiler Pro League have recommended their season should end while some Dutch clubs in are also calling for the campaign to be closed.

Uefa originally hoped that season would be completed by June 30.

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The letter, signed by president Aleksander Ceferin, states: ‘It is of paramount importance that even a disruptive event like this epidemic does not prevent our competitions from being decided on the field, in accordance with their rules and that all sporting titles are awarded on the basis of results.

‘As responsible leaders in our sport, this is what we must ensure, until the last possibility exists and whilst planning, operational and regulatory solutions are available.

'We are confident that football can restart in the months to come - with conditions that will be dictated by public authorities - and believe that any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified."

'The working groups have held several meetings and are in daily contact to ensure that the overriding objective of taking all competitions to their natural end is met. In order to achieve it, concrete plans are being drawn up," adds the letter.

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Graham Hunt

‘Their work is now focusing on scenarios encompassing the months of July and August, including the possibility that the UEFA competitions restart after the completion of domestic leagues. A joint management of calendars is strictly required as the conclusion of the current season must be coordinated with the start of the new one, which may be partly impacted because of the overstretch.

‘Closely following the development of the current situation, the calendar working group will indicate as soon as possible, and ideally by mid-May, which of the plans can be enacted for the completion of the season without leaving anyone behind. Stopping competitions should really be the last resort after acknowledging that no calendar alternative would allow to conclude the season."

'The current health crisis caused by the spread of Covid-19 has no precedents in our society and, on top of the threat posed to public health, which is the uncontested number one priority, it has dramatically hit all industries and economic sectors.

‘We walk united in the awareness that only an extraordinary coordinated effort of all competition organisers can help European football out of the crisis, recovering in full its core asset, the competitions. With no unity and no solidarity, nobody will be able to get out of the crisis as we are all interdependent.’